It's been years since alien bio-warfare killed off all the women on the new world, leaving the men alone with nothing but their thoughts. Literally. They call it the Noise. It is constant, it sounds like the inner voices of everyone nearby, and it is all Todd has ever known. When he senses an impossible gap in the Noise, he looks for the source, and discovers a second impossible thing: the source of the gap in the Noise is a girl. If you like post apocalyptic societies, science fiction, or nail-bitingly compulsive reads, this is for you.
Cormac Mccarthy is best known for his gritty westerns that somehow manage to be both poetic and brutal. Mccarthy's dive into post-apocalyptic writing maintains this style but with characters and settings of The Road are vastly different than the Marlboro Men and Arroyo stories featured in his other books. This is not a story about heroes -- this is a story about a father ("Papa") and son ("boy") simply trying to survive a world bent on destroying them and itself.